#batman

Dave McNary:

Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman-Batman film.

The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled Superman-Batman movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.

Jeremy Irons seems perfectly suitable, though it will be awfully hard to replace Michael Caine. Jesse Eisenberg seems to be a very odd choice. I’ve never seen him play anything other than Jesse Eisenberg (including when he played Mark Zuckerberg).

Still, perhaps there’s a Heath Ledger/Joker transformation that can happen here. But this whole film is shaping up so strangely.

seldo
shortformblog:

newshour:

A San Francisco turned Gotham City made a five-year-old Bat Kid’s wish come true.
Above, the San Francisco Chronicle printed a special edition of their paper in honor of Bat Kid, with articles written by none other than Lois Lane and Clark Kent.

Again, best sense of civic pride anywhere.

Hard not to love everything about this. Good job, city.

shortformblog:

newshour:

A San Francisco turned Gotham City made a five-year-old Bat Kid’s wish come true.

Above, the San Francisco Chronicle printed a special edition of their paper in honor of Bat Kid, with articles written by none other than Lois Lane and Clark Kent.

Again, best sense of civic pride anywhere.

Hard not to love everything about this. Good job, city.

Justin Kroll:

Directed by “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder, the Batman-Superman feature will open worldwide on July 17, 2015, with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane reprising their roles.

I just don’t get it — from Affleck’s perspective. He’s turned out be an excellent director (and producer). He’s achieved what most actors aspire to be. He’s become Batman. And now he wants to go back to playing Robin

I’d be more excited if Affleck was directing the film with Christian Bale reprising his role. I know he said he’s done, but at $ome point, you have to li$ten.

Adam Rogers on how Marvel was able to pull off the amazing feat of tying its films together, and how DC is unlikely going to be able to do the same:

DC declined to participate in this story, and representatives wouldn’t say who, if anyone, was overseeing the broader DC cinematic universe to come. The company has announced that after Snyder’s Batman-Superman movie, it’ll make one about the Flash, and then Justice League. The Flash is also slated to appear on the CW television series Arrow, though DC hasn’t said whether it’ll be the same version of character. And since Christian Bale has said he won’t play Batman again, the movie seems likely to be a reboot, especially because Snyder seems to be taking his inspiration from the dystopian future Batman comic The Dark Knight Returns, where a sixtysomething Batman comes out of retirement and ultimately fights Superman. That’s the kind of team-up that could make joining the Justice League together awkward.

They badly need their own Kevin Feige, and it seems unlikely that Zack Snyder will be the guy.

nerdology

nerdology:

dcu:

Superman/Batman 2015: What DailyDCU.com Would Do

Are you listening Warner Bros? Good. Here’s how to handle this story: Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale, and you pay him ALL the money to return) is having tea in Europe with Selena and Alfred. Bruce quickly becomes distracted by the television and the report on Superman and what just happened in Metropolis (basically the end of Man of Steel). Alfred says something like “You picked a good time to retire, looks like this bloke can handle any crimes you…” then, a grainy video from a phone shows Superman…SPOILER ALERT…break Zod’s neck. Bruce is stunned. He would never kill. The Dark Knight returns to stop this Man of Steel. What happens then? Special effects, misunderstandings, moral lessons, Nightwing, and Lex Luthor. Boom: Superman/Batman makes a billion plus dollars.

(STILL WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION THAT THIS MOVIE IS A REAL THING)

I must stand firmly with my friends at Daily DCU. They know what’s best.

Sounds pretty great to me. A way to salvage an otherwise ho-hum Man of Steel.

Though I highly doubt Bale would return - no matter the money. Hope I’m wrong.